Prince William’s Christmas Went Swimmingly

Prince William is most certainly enjoying his Christmas holidays this year, now that he is a father of two little ones. While Princess Charlotte is not yet old enough to understand what is going on, Prince George is definitely old enough to get excited about presents under the tree. International Business Times reports that leading up to the holidays, Prince William and Kate Middleton had a family portrait taken on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

It is refreshing to see a royal family that is more like the common folk than perhaps ever before in history, or at least one that doesn’t mind showing it. From Princess Charlotte missing one shoe to Prince George grinning with his toy lying in the grass (right beside his sister’s shoe), the photo is charming and authentic. It was posted on Twitter by the royal family.

Chris Jeff was the photographer, and he said he enjoyed the experience.

“I thoroughly enjoyed photographing a very lovely family, although you have to be sharp as you don’t have long when there are two young children involved! I hope everyone enjoys this photo and I am honoured that the Duke and Duchess have decided to share it with the public.”

If the family photo wasn’t enough fun as the holidays approached, Prince William was also joined by his brother, Prince Harry, to enjoy a soccer game on Christmas Eve. Us Weekly reports that the game was their annual Christmas Eve charity match.

Once the game was over, and Christmas Eve proper got underway, Prince William knew he wouldn’t get much rest that night. With a nine-foot tall pine tree that George helped decorate, Prince William said earlier in December that he will be lucky if he gets any sleep at all.

“My George will be bouncing around like a rabbit. If I get any sleep on Christmas Eve, it’ll be good.”

However, on Christmas Day, between church and family time, Prince William took the time to think of someone very far away. No, not Santa Claus, but someone at the other end of the world. People reports that Prince William took the time to call Henry Worsley, who is attempting to become the first explorer to cross the Antarctic completely on his own, without any outside assistance.

Prince William is a sponsor of the expedition and had kind words of support for Worsley.

“Just wanted to wish you well and say that we’re thinking of you at the Christmas period, as you’re lugging all your kit up and down the slopes and the hills of the Southern Atlantic and the Antarctic. Good luck for the rest of the expedition, I know you are planning hopefully to reach the South Pole by New Year, so that will be a good New Year’s Eve Celebration. You’re doing a cracking job. Everyone back here is very proud.”

As for the world getting a peek at the royal family, they will soon get to do so. Daily Mail reports that Ant and Dec have made a documentary about Prince William, Prince Harry, and their dear old dad, Prince Charles. The 90-minute program is called When Ant and Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years Of The Prince’s Trust, and will air on ITV on January 4.

In the documentary, Prince William and his brother talk about growing up with their father, who, although he is the next King of England, is just “dad” to them. Apparently dear old dad was rather embarrassing when he would visit Prince William and Prince Harry at school, laughing at all the wrong times. But what parent isn’t embarrassing at one time or another?

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